Latest posts by KT53

Badger problem

Posted: 07/09/2016 at 12:48

Sorry but I don't see that any organisation / authority can be held responsible for an accident suffered by your brother in his own garden.  He could try contacting one of the 'No win, no fee' solicitors but I suspect even they wouldn't take it on.

Badgers are a protected species, so he's probably just going to have to get used to them destroying the garden.

Wyevale gone to pot!

Posted: 07/09/2016 at 08:30

A bit of an over statement to say that garden centres don't stock anything 'different'.  Pretty much true of Wyevale I agree, but there is a garden centre about 15 miles from where I live which is part of a smaller chain and they do stock 'different' stuff.  I wouldn't bother going that far afield otherwise. 

They have diversified greatly too over the years, but there is no doubting that their main purpose is the sale of plants and all things garden related.

They also have an area where they put plants which have either passed their flowering period, or are simply not looking great.  They are still well looked after, unlike some places where they are just dumped in a corner with a 'reduced' sticker on them.  As I am still remodelling our garden it's a great place to find stock.

Wyevale gone to pot!

Posted: 07/09/2016 at 08:12
Verdun says:

Fantastic ...I mean fantastic......online nurseries out there that I use a lot.  Plants I can't  get locally I get from selected online suppliers.  

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 On-line is potentially great if you know what you want, and if you find a good on-line nursery.  What you don't really get with on-line is the opportunity to spot something different as you walk around, as in a physical nursery.

Any suggestions for good on-liners??

Wyevale gone to pot!

Posted: 07/09/2016 at 08:10

Interesting point about Wyevale possibly having financial difficulties.  I must stress that I haven't heard anything to indicate that, but I've never seen the plant areas so empty.  As has been said, almost nothing apart from winter bedding around.

The upside was their recent sale.  I got a Hozelock drip watering system down from £74 to £20.  Lord knows how long it had been kicking around in the back of the warehouse as the box was very faded.  It still had the security strap around it and everything in there when I got home.  Went back a couple of days later and the few remaining ones had been reduced to a fiver.  I had no use for any more and couldn't think of anybody who might want one.  Shortly after that I saw a very happy gent will the last 4 piled on his trolley.

Like them or loathe them, they would be missed if they did close as they do at least have decent stock levels of bedding etc in the Spring, and as I mentioned before, we have very few other plant suppliers in the area.

Strictly 2016

Posted: 06/09/2016 at 21:15
obelixx says:

Yes but he's mellowed since he married and became a daddy.

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 He has actually.  Boring !!!!!!

Strictly 2016

Posted: 06/09/2016 at 20:11
obelixx says:
James Jordan was an ungracious, irritating and arrogant big head See original post

 I thought that was Brendan

Raising height of standard (lollipop) topiary

Posted: 06/09/2016 at 20:07

I think you're right about the method.  I can't see any other way of doing it, apart from putting them in a raised bed :-)

Moisture metre

Posted: 06/09/2016 at 20:06

The pH meter could certainly be useful.  Poking your finger in the soil won't tell you that - unless your fingers are much more sensitive than mine anyway.

Wyevale gone to pot!

Posted: 06/09/2016 at 20:04
plant pauper says:

I'll say it again...support your local independent! 

I hope you all voted with your feet and left with nothing in your trolley. 

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 I'd love to but there are so few in my location, and the few that do exist generally aren't very good.  We had one which used to do superb hanging baskets, but I went there this year and the quality was poor with prices through the roof.  I'm happy to spend with local companies if the quality is there, the price is secondary as long as the differential isn't huge.

A different sector, but I paid considerably more for my new camera buying from a local independent than I would have paid on t'interweb from a UK supplier.  The independent does still have the odd bits & pieces I need on occasion and that availability is worth supporting.

Wyevale gone to pot!

Posted: 06/09/2016 at 18:01

Once the 'corporates' get hold of something all they are looking to do is increase profit per square foot.  They aren't interested in unusual items which will only sell slowly and in small numbers.  They are effectively 'box shifters' but 'pot shifters' in this case.

Well over 2/3rd of the interior space at our local Wyevale is now totally non-gardening related.  The Works, Cotton Traders, yes Yankee bl***y Candles (can't stand the smell), along with umpteen others.  I was actually there today and much of the garden plant area is completely empty.  It's only early September for crying out loud!!!!!

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